Back in 2013, we handmade about 25 copies of a small CDr for “Attack of the Bleu Man Group” — a musically-enhanced poem in the tradition of Audiovile, that was originally released in audio on Arnzen’s blog as a Halloween treat, and then subsequently appeared in print in The Gorelets Omnibus (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2012). Since then, a number of live performances, remixes and related experiments were recorded, and we’ve decided to release the best of these on our bandcamp page with a very special Expanded Digital EP! It features 10 TRACKS (in addition to the original track, there are 2 live readings, 4 new instrumental tracks, the original rough demo featuring different text, 1 crazy techno remix… and an acoustic post-script in French!)
Get the new ep exclusively on http://arnzen.bandcamp.com/ for just $2.50. Or while you’re there, seize the opportunity to purchase the entire Arnzen discography (Bleu Man, Poedown and Audiovile) for 30% off! Makes a great e-gift, too. All purchases come with title-exclusive ebooks and bonus features.
Below is the online sampler. Thanks for bending your ear this way… hope it doesn’t break.
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Live Instigation walked participants through a process for analyzing an object in order to generate rich imagery and to draw associations you might not normally draw when writing about something.
If you’d like to see the powerpoint slides, here’s a google slide version you can display:
A good time was had by all. Thanks to Raw Dog Screaming Press for hosting DogCon and making me a part of the festivities. If you ever are looking for an ideal getaway to write, look into their Broadkill Writer’s Resort, a relaxing writer’s retreat home in Delaware.
If you can’t make it, join me online for the broadcast by Raw Dog Screaming Press for the event on Saturday, October 1st, 3pm eastern. All you need to do to join this free webinar is register here a little in advance:
DogCon is the annual gathering of writers, artists and avid fans associated with Raw Dog Screaming Press. The “Live Instigation” broadcast is related to our book, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side
“Murrmann: A Tale of Van Helsing” is a new novelette by Michael Arnzen. Available exclusively in ebook for the Amazon Kindle.
In this grizzly — and at times humorous — sequel to Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, Abraham Van Helsing travels to a small village in Germany to visit a distant relative… only to be stalked by a very familiar dark figure. As a sequel, written in homage to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, knowledge of the original characters and plot of the classic vampire novel is essential. This horror novelette is about the same length as 30 printed paperback pages and can be enjoyed in one sitting.
Or you can browse our entire list of titles available amazon.com
EXCERPT AVAILABLE ON SCRIBD: Murrmann Excerpt
See the official catalog page for additional information on the Murrmann legend and more.
p.s. I hope you realize by now you can read Kindle ebooks without a kindle or in a browser over the cloud. Additionally, all our titles are available free to subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited program.
Come see our first two audio treats from Mastication Publications now available exclusively from Bandcamp!
Audiovile was originally released as a CD in 2007 by Raw Dog Screaming Press, breaking new ground in spoken word horror. Featuring musical renditions and remixes of the top stories from books like 100 Jolts, this “performance-art piece of manic Beatnik horror” (Dead Reckonings) is one-of-a-kind. Or is it? Now there are two! The newly “Expanded Digital Edition” includes high quality digital versions of all the tracks, and then DOUBLES the size of the original release, featuring performances you won’t hear anywhere else. And if you purchase the full album, you get access to BONUS FEATURES: notably — an ebook companion, a photograph gallery and a secret bonus track. Also, while supplies last, you can purchase a signed copy of the original CD along with your digital order of this edition. Act quick!
POEDOWN is both a poetry slam inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and a live audio performance captured shortly before the release of both Stephanie Wytovich‘s breakout horror poetry collection, Hysteria, and Mike Arnzen’s Gorelets Omnibus. What makes this event special is not just the raw passion and combative energy of their reading (which is at times deeply hilarious and others truly disturbing) but also the way the event inaugurated a ritual that has continued over the past five years: whenever Arnzen and “Wyto” share the stage, they come ready to read a new horror piece on an agreed upon theme. Buy this album on bandcamp and you’ll not only get an exclusive companion ebook but also bonus tracks featuring an example of their recent “slam” on the topic of “scary clowns.” A few rare, signed double-live CDs are also available on the site.
If you buy either digital album on bandcamp, you can own the .mp3s, burn your own discs for listening to in a car, or stream the tracks any time you like online or through the Bandcamp app. It’s a great system. And digital albums also make GREAT GIFTS for your friends online, so look into it. Learn more at the bandcamp fan page, or visit:
If audio’s your bag, then don’t overlook the new Mastication Publications audiobook available on audible.com this August, Freakcidents!
The e-book edition of Freakcidents — my Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection — is now available, exclusively for the Amazon kindle (and if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, it’s a free read). This book has been out of print since its initial limited edition run in 2005 from Shocklines Press, so I’m happy to bring it back to life, so that more people can read it.
+ AND listen to it! After some bumps in production, we were finally able to finally produce our first traditional audiobook! It too is Freakcidents, read by Arnzen, available NOW on Audible.com, as well as iTunes and Amazon.
Here’s a sampler!
I’m pleased to report that Audiovile — Arnzen’s spoken word experiment featuring flash fiction horror stories from 100 Jolts from Raw Dog Screaming Press — is also now available Audible.com! If you think audiobooks are boring, try this one out! Or get the crazy Expanded Digital Edition, exclusively on our new bandcamp page!
You may have seen the Instigation Showcase featuring an amazing new horror writer named Joe-La Dowdy, who took it upon herself to blog a creative response to all 365 prompts in Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side.
Well, she’s done it. Written a whole year’s worth of weird fiction and poetry. Read the full news report about this amazing accomplishment over on my blog at gorelets.com to learn more!
Kudos again to Joe-la. She hereby unlocks the very first Instigation 365 badge!
Visit The Petulant Muse — Joe-La’s weblog — to read all 365 of her posts!
I encourage — nay, dare! — others to try this marathon journey and to share the results as they go on social media. If you do, use hashtag #Instigation365 so we can find you.
Here’s a snippet from the Author Spotlight on Michael Arnzen in Dark Markets journal for writers….
DM: Most writing prompts (for me at leasst) are dull and uninspiring; your prompts are anything but! I think you’ve perfected the art form for people with twisted imaginations. How did you get started doing these prompts?
Arnzen: I started taking my writing seriously when I was in college, and I used to always enjoy the challenge of a good creative prompt in my classes. I used to take what the teacher was asking for — usually some safe and generic question, like “Describe what you ate for breakfast” and push it through the sausage grinder of the horror genre, just to mess with the professor or my classmates — coming up with things like “As a cannibal, a complete breakfast includes cereal, toast, juice, back bacon and legs.” I didn’t just do it for kicks — I always was frustrated with how boring and tame these prompts were… for being “creativity starters” they didn’t seem very creative at all.
So when I became a college teacher myself, I just adapted my sickness to the other side of the desk, and came up with the craftiest prompts I could — partially as a parody of the genre of the prompt, and partially because students really got into the challenge. They mostly wrote comedy, but that was fine too. Writing should never be boring, and neither should teachers. But there’s only so many situations in the classroom where a sick writing prompt can be used. So I took this seriously and started including the prompts in my newsletter, The Goreletter, on a lark. People really liked these, so that only encouraged me to keep going. It became a ritual process from there…and I’m still doing it regularly, posting “Instigation” on gorelets.com and twitter and in my classroom to this day.
Read the remainder of the interview, or check out Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side on Kindle or for other ebook formats. Or visit gorelets.com to read other interviews with Michael Arnzen.